HOPEFUL - Before heading off
to the Memorial Cup tournament Kitchener Rangers posed for this picture.
Top row (left to right): Jeff
Larmer, Dan Quinn, Dave Shaw, Mario Michieli, Rober Savard, Brad Schnurr,
Middle Row: Les Bradley (head
trainer), Brett Johnston (assistant trainer), Jim Ralph, John Tucker, Bob
Ertel (president), Mike Hough, Joe Crozier (coach) Dave Nicholls, Grant
Martin, Mike Moher, Bob Schlieman (assistant trainer)
Bottom Row: Wendell Young, Mike
Eagles, Scott Stevens, Al MacInnis, Brian Bellows, Joel Levesque, Kevin
Casey, Louis Crawford, Darryl Boudreau
Que. – If the Kitchener Rangers are going to win their first Memorial Cup
championship in their 19-year history, the team’s defence – rather than
the much publicized offence – may hold the key to success in the week-long
Canadian junior hockey championship which opens tonight with the Rangers
facing the Sherbrooke Beavers.
line of Brian Bellows, Jeff Larmer, and Grant Martin is among the most
celebrated junior forward combinations in the nation and the three other
units, although they haven’t been scoring regularly, are generally solid.
the Bellows line is sensational, the offence has been only slightly more
potent then last year when Kitchener went all the way to the Cup finals,
losing 5-2 to the Cornwall Royals.
year, the Rangers had a younger team and averaged 4.22 goals per game in
the Ontario Hockey League playoffs. This year’s club is older – only
four starters are first year players – but the goal average was up only
fractionally at 4.6.
is significant is that Rangers have complied a brilliant goals against
playoff average of 2.4 compared to last season’s 3.19.
Young has played the last 26 games in goal and the five defencemen – Al
MacInnis, Robert Savard, Joel Levesque and rookies Scott Stevens and Dave
Shaw – have thrown up a mighty fortress around the net.
and Levesque are the most aggressive rearguards, but all five are big and
strong. MacInnis, a first-team OHL all-star, doubles as an offensive
threat, having led Ontario defencemen in scoring and features a wicked
slapshot that OHL coaches voted the hardest in the league.
bruised his right shoulder in Wednesday’s practice, but said he’s raring
to go although he may not hit as much as usual until he sees how the shoulder
fact that the Rangers have kept much of the play in the opposition’s end
– they blasted Windsor, Sault Ste. Marie and Ottawa in the playoffs, losing
only one of 15 games – has kept some of the pressure off the Rangers defence.
remains to be seen whether Sherbrooke or the Portland Winter Hawks will
be able to generate more power than Kitchener’s OHL opponents, but at this
stage it appears the defensive area is the least of coach Joe Crozier’s
was underlined earlier this week when Crozier picked up Ottawa’s all-star
goaltender Jim Ralph, who was sensational in the OHL finals against Kitchener.
also named Cambridge native Mike Moffat of the Kingston Canadians as an
alternative netminder, but Moffat didn’t make the trip and will be flown
in only if one of the three goaltenders is injured.
said Young’s backup for the opening game will be rookie Darryl Boudreau,
who hasn’t played in almost three months.
main concern is trying to get more scoring from some of his lines and to
that end he juggled three lines in practice this week and experimented
last-ditch juggling may seem to be coming at a bad time, but Crozier, when
asked if he was going to go ahead with it, said, “I don’t know yet I’m
just fooling around. I won’t know until tomorrow.”
new combinations have center Kevin Casey with Mike Moher and Dave Nicholls,
Mike Eagles with Mike Hough and John Tucker, and Brad Schnurr with Mario
Michieli and Louis Crawford.
Bellows line accounted for 15 of the Rangers 21 goals against Ottawa and
42 of 71 playoff goals.
playoff statistics are top heavy with Larmer having 21 goals and Bellows
16 MacInnis is far back with five, while potential scorers like Martin
and Eagles have only three each and Nicholls only two.
don’t think there’s too much to be worried about,” said Bellows, who has
played almost half the game in some contests.
long as the other lines an keep preventing goals, and they are doing that
as well as anybody, we should be all right.”
added, “We’ve been changing lines all season, I don’t think it will matter
said, “A lot of us have played together before, so it’s not as if we’re
playing with completely no linemates.”
is the weapon of Sherbrooke Beavers
KW Record - May 8th, 1982
Que (CP) – Any way you look at it, the Memorial Cup playoffs will be historic
for the Sherbrooke Beavers.
or lose, it will be the last time Sherbrooke participates in the junior
hockey championship, because the franchise has already been shifted to
St. Jean, Que., for the 1982-83 season.
city of Sherbrooke is awaiting approval from the American Hockey League
at a meeting May 16 for a franchise that would be the farm team of the
National Hockey League Winnipeg Jets next year.
Beavers went out in style however, winning the regular-season championship
and blasting their oppositionin four straight games in the semi-final and
of the club’s success, center John Chabot, the Beavers top scorer and third
in the league with 34 goals and 109 assists, said of the Memorial Cup playoffs,
which begun Saturday: “I think our chances are pretty decent. We
should have some sort of a psychological edge over the other teams because
of the way we swept through our playoffs.”
down the center is one of the Beavers’ biggest assets. Daniel Campeau,
another centerman was second to Chabot in team scoring with 58 goals and
players are noted for their speed, a quality that seems to run throughout
the squad. Swift-skating right winger Sean McKenna, for instance,
fired 57 goals, while left winger Gerard Gallant and Luc Bachand, a winger
notched 34 and 35 goals respectively.
really didn’t think we would win the championship with the personnel we
had at the start of the season,” said Sherbrooke coach Andre Boisvert.
“The arrival of Michel Lanouette (a 20-year-old forward) and (goaltender)
Michel Morrissette in a trade, played a major role in our success.”
complied a 3.51 goals against average in 45 games in a league that stresses
Beavers netminder had his job made easier by defencemen such as Paul Boutilier
and Michel Petit, both of whom were selected to the first all-star team
earlier this week.
Beavers will be making their third Memorial Cup appearance, after coming
away empty-handed in 1975 and 1977.